Liberty is a modern apple variety, developed for disease resistance - it has very good resistance to scab, fireblight and cedar apple rust.
Liberty's disease resistance comes partly from a crab apple variety called Malus floribunda which is one of its distant ancestors, whilst it gets its clean well-balanced flavor from its immediate parent Macoun. It also has the bright white flesh and sweet "vinous" flavor which is characteristic of the "Mac", with perhaps a bit more sharpness. Overall the flavor can be considered first class with no compromise for being disease resistant.
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Delivery discounts. Prices are for individual trees excluding delivery. There is no minimum quantity but it is cost effective to order in multiples of 4 trees.
Delivery period: Trees are delivered in March and April. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in a warm zone (e.g. Southern California, Alabama etc.) Fall delivery is possible. More details on our spring shipping schedule by state.
*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.
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Liberty is in flowering group 2. Liberty is a triploid variety and cannot pollinate other varieties. It needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby. You can either plant a self-fertile variety (which will pollinate itself and the Liberty) or you can plant two pollination partners which must each be of different varieties and able to cross-pollinate each other as well as the Liberty. If you need further advice on this just get in touch.
The natural disease resistance make Liberty an excellent garden apple, particularly for fans of McIntosh apples. It is one of the best choices if you live in an area where cedar-apple rust (CAR) is prevalent, as it is very resistant to this disease.
Liberty trees are fairly vigorous and precocious. The fruitlets will require thinning in most seasons, to avoid a very large crop of very small apples. The apples ripen over a period so you do not have to pick them all at once.
Liberty will grow in most situations, although it is probably better in cooler regions. It is generally a fool-proof and reliable apple.
Liberty was developed at the Geneva Experimental Station, New York and introduced in 1978. It is related to Macoun.
There is some evidence that Liberty is a triploid variety - with 3 sets of chromosomes instead of 2. Triploid varieties often have good disease resistance. However it does not have many of the usual characteristics associated with triploid varieties such as large size and vigour.
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